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O o o 8 Mukilteo Beacon FREEWHEELIN’ How to learn the dance of change e had our life planned out, just like most, before the Panic. A year ago, we were planning a marriage, planning a trip to Europe, and planning to pet sit in many countries, especially Italy. Our daily activities E encompassed what to keep in storage as we gave back our homes to landlords, s.- ... how to get Global Entry Cards, and who to invite to our wedding. We worked out a process to find pet sitting gigs and planned out .-~..-;;_ the year ahead — France, SHARONANN Scotland, England, France, HAMlLTON Switzerland, and Italy. "iiéliiitifiulifii, The Plan happened lust CONSULTANT as we envisioned — for a —-—"' time. Like the world around us, we watched the virus spread. Finishing up our UK pet sits, we hopped on the ' Eurostar in London on March 11, where everything was as busy as usual (only one masked person.) ' Changing stations in Paris via the Metro, we saw a few more masks, but not many. Arriving at Lyon train station with hun- dreds of people running for their trains and buses and noticed a few masks. Then the world, as we knew it, went into lockdown. I call the time before BP (Before Panic) and the time in the middle DP (During Panic) after AP (After Panic.) We hear the phrase, "There is strength in adversity.” Others have said, "Adversity reveals character." But what I notice is that adversity builds either Panic or Faith. We all get to choose. It’s called free will. Some believe all change is adversity, but is it? www.mukilteobeacon.c0m June 24, 2020 Engage Virtually Tips for keeping older adults connected i C onnection and a sense of community can be crit— ical to well-being as people continue to distance and isolate. It can be challenging, especially for older adults, but there are ways'to engage, explore and unwind. . There is no one-size—fits-all solution, so choose a few things that suit you and commit to them. Remember, to pay attention to your social and mental health while taking care of your physical health, and consid- er these ideas from the Administration for Communi— ty Living. SharonAnn and Dan found their plans upend- ed, like everyone else, when the pandemic ar- rived. But faith and patience paid off when new doors opened after old doors closed. Connect - Use social media to stay in touch with friends and loved ones or reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a while. - Take advantage of video call platforms toysee faces of family and friends while you talk to them. ' Write letters to friends and reminisce about some of your favorite memories. Ask them to write back and share their own favorite memories. ' Keep up to date with current events and stay connected to neighbors by reading local newspapers and community bulletins. What if we adopt this position: is change a dance we can learn? How would we act DP (During Panic) around us? . A door opened. We were blessed to land in France at the large home of friends we'd made last October near Lyon. Their long- dreamed—of trip to India canceled the night before we arrived. They welcomed us into their home for the entire lockdown period. Pet sitting gigs dried up. Vacations and trips canceled, borders closed, we experi— enced full—on DP (During Panic.) The pet see page l0 There are ways for older adults to engage, ( one. Explore - Explore Zoos and aquariums across ' Take free courses online. VVrth subjects ranging country through virtual tours and lessor from computers and cooking to studio arts and for— Many have live webcams that allow yOL eign languages, there is something for nearly every- watch the animals in real time. —— TIMESHARE—f Need for volunteers won’t disappear with coronavirus GARDEN COURT 425.438.9080 L , , , it}? SDENT QYWG ASStsrjée tit/res; WHY MOVE aw? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED s we enter into the fourth month of this COVID— l9 era, volunteer opportunities are fairly rare. While food banks are still operating, and can use support in the form of donated food or money, I thought I'd take this chance to point out some interesting things about volun— teering. Volunteering is thought to _ M E have been around human c_u1_ SHARE Efriiré‘iifié‘itayrii‘e’s‘tii‘é‘r‘ifiige' This tradition still continues today, as many small towns and cities haVe a volunteer fire (11 partment that makes a huge difference in locz community life. We all know about the Minutemen and the volunteer militias that helped turn the US. from a colony into an independent republic. Volunteers also raised money and led boycott (Boston Tea Party) to contribute to that effort. The 19th century saw five major events that shaped volunteering. DURING "STAY "OM El 5"" HEALTHY” are during the Middle A865 in A religious rejuvenation referred to as The . England- Accordmg t0 Chmto' Great Awakening began in the 18205. It inspir 0 DO you miss Happy Hour Pher H3Wth0me M055 0f the waves of social reform (i.e. temperance, the with friends? - Would you like to learn how to virtually visit friends? Would you like to have chef prepared meals that you enjoy? - We take the challenge out of social distancing o Proper protective equipment and sanitation to keep you safe Learn how to navigate the virtual world and visit your family online Fun social distancing appropriate activities > You’re not alone. We are here every step of the way. ' Spacious apartments available now. Call today‘and ask about our . move—in specials. 425—438—9080 520 1 12th Street SW, Everett, WA 98204 425.438.9080 o gardencourtretirement.com Charity Channel LLC, "How old volunteering, or as it is coming to be widely called, voluntary JOHN (ALPINE action, is depends on how you VOLUNTEER RECRUlTER, define RETIRED AND SENIOR _ twfifi 35% If you think of it Simply as Jom@ccsww.om people helping people out of a desire to help, withOut expecta- tion of material reward, then in all pre—industrial societies — and still today in many, mainly third world nations — mutual self-help was/ is vital to the. survival ‘of rural communities, e.g. to bring in harvests, to build homes for the aged and invalid, to maintain roads. "During the many outbreaks of plague during the Middle Ages, it was often only the Francis- can monks who would go in to victims’ homes and take care of them. We are all familiar with stories of orders such as that of Mother Theresa whose lives are dedicated to helping poor and sick people.” We see that volunteering seems to be built in to our behavior. In America, the first known (recorded) instance of volunteers begins in 1736 when Ben Franklin organized a volunteer fire department. abolition of slavery, and women’s rights), and it moved young people to get involved with volunteer efforts. The YMCA also started in the mid-18005 when it was seen how well the Y worked in London, and it was decided to open one in t1 United States. ' In 1865, William and Catherine Booth form the Salvation Army, which would grow into 0 of the biggest networks of volunteerism in the nation. It was in 1881 when Clara Barton helps star the American Red Cross. It would become or of the biggest volunteer organizations in histor In Denver in 1887, another well-known cha ity, the United Way, began in Denver when a local woman, a priest, two ministers'and a rah joined together to form the organization. Set against this backdrop we can see there i: enough history to convince us volunteering is here to stay. As soon as things open up again, I encour— age you to make a decision to take action anc become a volunteer. There are plenty of place to help no matter where you live.